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PostPosted: November 27th, 2003, 3:15 pm 
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I am hoping to make a canoe trip of a 3 to 4 week duration next summer. I'm looking for a class 1 or 2 river as I'm not a particularly experienced paddler. I was orginally planning to paddle the Porcupine up to Fort Yukon, but having read comments about the Porcupine on this website, I might rethink the destination river.

Anyway, I'd like to make my own canoe for the trip if possible, from natural sustainable materials. I was wondering if anyone has any advice about how I might find out more information? I've done lots of searches on the internet, but not had much luck. Please let me know if you think this is a completely daft thing to do. Many thanks for your help.


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There is a book called Birchbark Canoe . Living Among the Algonquin by David Gidmark . Firefly books that might give you a lot of the information that you need .ISBN 1-55209-150-3 ---scouter Joe


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read an article about a pair that took a birchbark canoe course from a fella in or around Montreal then headed out to the Gaspe or the north shore PQ walked in and spent some weeks building a canoe then paddling out.There was also another coup[le who paddled some length of the Yukon and built a bark canoe of spruce and also paddled for some distance.This what you have in mind when you say natural sustainable materials?


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Until you get your hands on the Gidmark book, check out these websites for birchbark construction:

http://jumaka.com/birchbarkcanoe/

http://www.squeedunk.com/building.htm

http://www.cyberus.ca/~jriver/eng_photo_tour1.htm

http://www.northwestjournal.ca/VIII4.htm

http://www.wcha.org/wcj/v21_n5/cayard.html


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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2003, 9:03 am 
If you are not an experienced paddler, I do not think it is a good plan to make your own canoe for a remote, extended wilderness trip.

You might look into cedar Strip canoe kits if you really want to build a canoe.


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http://www.bearmountainboats.com/

The book you can buy here,(and probably anywere) "CanoeCraft - Revised & Expanded",is good.
Combine this with epoxy,for ex. West-Systems.


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PostPosted: February 20th, 2005, 11:36 pm 
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Great ideas Kirsty,
But I too would recommend a factory built boat for any river trip of such duration.Building your own boat becomes such a labour of love you aren't gonna wanna take a chance on destroying the thing first time out.That said here's a site with simpler boat designs that would be easier than most for a first project.Good luck!
http://www.jemwatercraft.com/


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Hey Kirsty

Your idea would be an adventure indeed. To maybe help in your planning I'd recommend a book by Ian and Sally Wilson, "Wilderness Journey" They built their own bark with the expertise of Tom Byers of Wood River Canoe then launched on a year long journey northwest by canoe and dog team. The reading would give you a good idea of the trials and sucesses in their endeavor.

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